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I felt old on Everest climb - woman, 73

The oldest woman to climb Mount Everest said she finally felt she had gotten old when she scaled the world's highest peak last weekend.

Tamae Watanabe (73) beat her own age record for an Everest climb by a woman set 10 years ago.

Watanabe (left) also recovered from an accident in 2005 when she broke her back.

"It was much more difficult for me this time. I felt I was weaker and had less power. This time it was certainly different, I felt that I had gotten old," Watanabe said on return to the Nepalese capital Kathmandu from the mountain.

She reached the summit from the Tibetan side on May 19, at the age of 73 years and 180 days.

Watanabe said what surprised her, compared to her earlier climb, was the effects of warmer temperature on the mountain.